Yep, 24 hours after busting below my previous low-low (and needing almost a month to do so), I achieved my third-stage goal of 208 pounds — and did it 24 hours ahead of schedule.

This is the first time since starting this diet in March that I’ve actually hit my target on or before the deadline. Come to think of it 08.08 is the obviously appropriate date to achieve this milestone, which represents the lowest weight I attained during my 55-pounds lost between January and July of 2006.